Posts Tagged ‘improvise’

Classically Trained Pianists Who Can’t Improvise

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

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Over the years, I’ve met many piano friends who are classically trained and say they have a hard time improvising because they only learned to play what was on the page…leaving no room for creativity.

I found the following article to be very enlightening…

Why Don’t More Classical Musicians Improvise?

Free Piano Prelude Arrangement Coming Soon!

Thursday, January 15th, 2015


Working on “I Am Resolved” prelude arrangement for one of my hymnprovising students.  She was asking about different left hand fill-ins because of all the repeated bass notes so…I was just going to jot down a few ideas for her and wound up writing the whole verse!  Guess that means I need to write out the chorus too.

I’ll share the verse hopefully by this evening (once I enter it into Finale).

This particular student is needing to expand her right hand playground area. She has always played right hand in the middle area of the keyboard.  I’m gradually conditioning her to broaden the right hand playing area… as you’ll notice towards the end of the verse.

My student and I laughed as I observed her trying to improvise on her own…playing the right hand an octave higher.  The funny part was she had no idea what to do with her left hand at that point since she had all that extra space!  😉

She WILL improve as she broadens her horizon!  I look forward to working with her at this stage of her hymn playing and plan to share with you all… what we do each week.

Look forward to sharing the first part of a  free piano prelude arrangement soon!


The Church Pianist: How to Improvise Hymns?

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Are you a church pianist needing to know how to improvise hymns?

Do you play straight from the hymnal…as written?

Would you like to know how to make your playing sound fuller?

If so, this lesson is for you.

I plan on posting Part Two of My First Hymn Improvising Lesson next week.

The article will include a video demonstration of ths lesson.

A free downloadable arrangement of the improvised hymn will also be available.

Please let other piano friends know that may benefit from this lesson.

Part One of this lesson can be found at:

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